EuroMillions players urged to check tickets as £41m jackpot remains unclaimed

The hunt is on to find the winner of a £41 million EuroMillions jackpot winner – as the search focuses on Dorset where the ticket was bought.

National Lottery players are being urged to check, double-check and triple-check their tickets for the chance to claim the staggering prize in time.

The search is on to find the owner of the winning ticket, who matched all five main numbers and the two Lucky Star numbers in the EuroMillions draw on December 3.

The winning EuroMillions numbers on that date were 18, 31, 32, 38 and 48, with the Lucky Star numbers 04 and 12. The ticket-holder has until May 31 next year to make their claim.

National Lottery operator Camelot has disclosed the winning ticket was bought in Dorset but will not reveal any further information in case the winner wishes to remain anonymous.

The £40,957,696.60 prize is the seventh EuroMillions jackpot to be won in the UK this year and includes the biggest ever jackpot of £170,221,000 which was won in October.

Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: “£41 million is a huge amount of money coming up to Christmas – it’s a huge amount of money any time of the year.

“What we know about people that win these large amounts of money is they have a chance not just to change their lives but those around them, and change the lives of people in their family for generations to come.”

Mr Carter said Camelot’s team of specialist staff were on standby to help the winner.

“We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings and we’re urging everyone to try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags, down the back of the sofa and anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding – someone out there could literally be sitting on a fortune,” he said.

“We have the champagne on ice and our fingers crossed that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win.”

Under its licence, Camelot has the discretion to pay prizes in respect of stolen, lost or destroyed National Lottery tickets only if the player has submitted a claim in writing within 30 days of the relevant draw.

If the player can provide sufficient evidence, Camelot will investigate and consider the validity of the claim.

Camelot will then determine at its discretion whether the claim is valid and is able to pay the prize 180 days after the draw.

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

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